Reflections on working in account management in MedComms

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Lucy Hooper, Client Services Manager at Adelphi Communications, reflects on three years in account management.

When you first mention medical communications to people it’s not uncommon to be met with an enquiring look, and if I’m honest when looking for new opportunities and first considering a role within a MedComms agency I wasn’t 100% sure myself of what this involved.

What I found was an industry that is exciting and challenging and provides strong development potential for people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Although from a scientific background myself, my previous professional experience had not been in the medical or pharmaceutical field. However, I quickly learned that despite the initially daunting prospect, the Medical Communications community is a supportive and progressive network that takes into account a wide range of transferable skills.

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A long and winding road into medical communications

IMG_7209-Copy-e1509118272347Erica Brockmeier, now an Associate Medical Writer for Prime Global, writes that “finding your path involves trial and error, a willingness to step outside your comfort zone, and the confidence to go forward without a perfect plan. There’s certainly no ‘typical’ way to finding your own career path. I hope that examples like mine can inspire you to take those crucial first steps on your own path.” [Read more on NatureJobs Blog…]

Training as a medical writer

amy_hollowayAmy Holloway has recently started as a Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex…

After I completed my PhD in Medical Sciences, I knew that I didn’t belong in a lab – I was one of those people that enjoyed collating all my research in writing my thesis than actually doing lab work. So when I finished, I looked for job that would allow me to use my scientific knowledge and to keep up-to-date with scientific developments. Working as an editor for a science journal ticked these boxes for a time, but eventually I wanted something with more variety, greater opportunity for progression and faster pace. Medical writing was something I’d heard about at various career events as I was completing my PhD, so I started looking into opportunities. After successful completion of a writing test and an interview (accompanied by an on-site test), I excitedly (and with a healthy dose of trepidation!) accepted a trainee medical writer positon with Caudex.

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Starting out in Client Services

kieran_milwardKieran Milward has recently started out as an Account Co-Ordinator at Caudex…

Starting a new job can be a nerve jangling experience, especially if you are heading into a new field, like I was. Coming in from a journalistic and more media based client service background, I had little to no knowledge of how the MedComms world turned, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Would I be expected to know any science? (Looking back at my C in GCSE with particular trepidation!) Would I be diving straight in to client facing situations?

As it turns out, I had no reason to be fretful at all and I was staggered by the amount of detail and planning that goes into inducting new starters at Caudex. It is certainly not a level of support and learning that I had ever encountered before when starting a new job.

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From academia to MedComms

simon_wigfieldSimon Wigfield has recently started as a Trainee Medical Writer at Caudex…

I have been working for Caudex for a little under 2 months now. I came into MedComms after 15 years in academia. I really enjoyed research, but the lack of career structure and the squeezing of funding lead to me search for alternatives. It was after attending one of the MedComms events run in Oxford that I decided that this was the next move for me. The promise of a career structure, a reward for hard work but also still being involved with cutting edge research was the clincher for me.

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